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China under pressure for animal rights

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The Chinese are known for eating kinds of animal meat that would repel westerners. And the country's traditional medicine has long used animal body parts as ingredients, often from endangered species.

It would surprise many, therefore that activism for animal rights is actually growing in China. Activists are putting pressure on restaurants to take dishes like dog and cat off their menus. Elsewhere, a campaign is growing to find alternatives to animal parts as ingredients in medicine.

For the 13 year old Starlight, life in a bear sanctuary in Southern China offers respite from a decade long ordeal. Before the Animals Asia Foundation rescued her, she lived like thousands of other moon bears across the country. She was locked in a cage that was too small for her to turn around, with a catheter inserted into her gall bladder to milk her bile.

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